December 20th, 2023
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Elizabeth Carson is a proud born and bred Calgarian who used to play “restaurant” with the neighborhood kids. She would bake cakes and would set up her tables in the backyard. After attending university, she followed her true passion by attending the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC. ICE created the James Beard Foundation in 1985 and while there, Elizabeth was able to see the best of New York’s chefs such as Jacque Pepin.
After graduation, she started her own catering company and eventually owned and ran one of Calgary’s first gourmet food stores on 17th Avenue – Pepper’s Deli. Elizabeth retired from the food business in the early 90’s to raise her family but continued to be connected by volunteering and leading the event planning for many of Calgary’s signature charitable fundraising events. In early 2019, she was approached by CBC to replace John Gilchrest as their Calgary restaurant critic, following his retirement. Since that time, she has gained a loyal following for her Friday morning forthright reviews and “best of series”.
710 13th Ave SW
Calgary, AB, Canada